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Video: The Lexus LF-1 Limitless Crossover Concept Debut

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Lexus launched the LF-1 Limitless crossover concept today at the Detroit Auto Show with this video:

(Impressed with the way the Limitless part of the LF-1 name was explained, especially in how it focused on the human element. This has been a recurring Lexus theme for some time.)

Lexus has posted their full Detroit press conference as well:

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At this point in lexus SUV line up I agree with Krew, only a RWD would make sense to me.
RWD Lexus crossover? I'm in, guess I'll stop drooling over the current RX FSport.
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Finally an alternative to the X6, X4, GLE Coupe, GLC Coupe and Macan, which I potentially consider the best and most purposeful crossovers.

SUVs (unibody) remain the most useless vehicles. And FWD crossovers are just as useless. Lifted RWD based AWD cars make alot of sense.
Lightening up and zooming in on that teaser photo was..um...illuminating.

The tallish, chunky proportions of the original dark picture led me to believe I was looking at a teaser for an "RX coupe" on the GA-K (ES/RX large FWD) architecture. One look at the rear monitor side view picture promptly changed my mind. The short front overhang and generous gap between the front fender's rear edge and the forward most edges of the windshield and front door shout out GA-L quasi-front-mid-engined architecture.

It seems that interior screens prematurely or unexpectedly revealing unwanted styling clues are a thing now. Lamborghini's Urus SUV was prematurely revealed via such an interior monitor screen grab almost a week before its official reveal.

Another random question: if LF-1 Limitless is a smash hit and Lexus decides to add it to its product line, what badge would it wear? Would the current 3-row body-on-frame two-model lineup (GX and LX) give way to a single BOF entry, thus giving the GX or LX badge to this newcomer? Highly unlikely. The coupe styling implies a "C", while crossover calls for an "X". But CX or XC prefixes are out, given their being trademarked by Mazda and Volvo, respectively. SX? That might work, but a number of carmakers (Kia comes to mind) use that as a trim level. TX? Toyota/Lexus do own that one, but I'm not sure if it's live or dead at this point.
Levi
Finally an alternative to the X6, X4, GLE Coupe, GLC Coupe and Macan, which I potentially consider the best and most purposeful crossovers.

SUVs (unibody) remain the most useless vehicles. And FWD crossovers are just as useless. Lifted RWD based AWD cars make alot of sense.
They said Flagship and its LF-1 so I'm thinking based off the LC/LS and to fight the upcoming Q8....
mikeavelli
They said Flagship and its LF-1 so I'm thinking based off the LC/LS and to fight the upcoming Q8....
Great catch. At first glance I was thinking something like GLC Coupe or X4, but Lexus does not unintentionally use the word "flagship." With that considered, I have to assume we are going to see something along the lines of a RR Sport, Cayenne, X6, Q8 and GLE Coupe competitor.... finally. If this is a flagship vehicle, I think it's presumable that the first letter of it's name could be "L" once it hits production.

LS
LX
LC

Could "LT" be out of the question? With CT, that stood for "Touring"... Luxury Touring? I don't really like "LT" but just throwing it out there as a thought.

Regardless, I love where this is going.
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So....this is an RX-sized vehicle possibly going on GA-L? Interesting. I think it would have to be properly differentiated enough from the RX (as well as GX and LX) to be a viable production model. Also if we get a production model of this, would that mean the RX will never get a full F version? Hypothetically if this debuts on GA-L as a production model, then chances would be much higher than this would be getting an F version.

We already have a flagship Lexus SUV with the LX. If this is added as a production model, would Lexus further differentiate the LX as an off-road specialist, and this as an on-road performance flagship SUV? I wonder.

All of this assuming of course that Lexus adds this as a production model. If they do, I'll give them credit, as that would indicate them listening more to market demand. In today's hot market for CUVs and SUVs, not everyone wants small, cheap crossovers. A totally other segment of buyers want luxury and/or larger SUVs and crossovers.
Gecko
Great catch. At first glance I was thinking something like GLC Coupe or X4, but Lexus does not unintentionally use the word "flagship." With that considered, I have to assume we are going to see something along the lines of a RR Sport, Cayenne, X6, Q8 and GLE Coupe competitor.... finally. If this is a flagship vehicle, I think it's presumable that the first letter of it's name could be "L" once it hits production.

LS
LX
LC

Could "LT" be out of the question? With CT, that stood for "Touring"... Luxury Touring? I don't really like "LT" but just throwing it out there as a thought.

Regardless, I love where this is going.
LF?

Seems like luxury version of LS/LC? If so, I think it would not compete with LX at all, except for maybe pricing? But in general, where LX sells well is where this LF would likely not sell at all.
Finally, I have been waiting and hoping for this for along time.
Lexus will do it anyway, this real concept ! the 'flagship crossover' is the beginning of something new. :yum
Bring it on ! I am "enthusiast" !
I'm thinking a proper X5 competitor, RWD and more emphasis on performance with higher power figures.
Oeps, that's a strange curve on the roof.View attachment 2659
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Does the blue badge indicate that it's a hybrid? I really hope it is!
Nouvel
Does the blue badge indicate that it's a hybrid? I really hope it is!
Forgot to mention this in my post -- good eye! Maybe the 500h powertrain?
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krew
Forgot to mention this in my post -- good eye! Maybe the 500h powertrain?
Yes, I think you are right. And I think there are almost production ready vehicle already built and just waiting to be released. Same as with the LS relatively shortly following the LF-FC.
And I do not believe that this Limitless Crossover concept is an SUV.
This is also a crossover for example ... (look at the roof)
https://electrek.co/2017/10/24/nissan-all-electric-autonomous-crossover/
meth.ix
I'm thinking a proper X5 competitor, RWD and more emphasis on performance with higher power figures.
X5 is not a flagship by any means... it will be positioned higher.
OlFius
Oeps, that's a strange curve on the roof.View attachment 2659
seems like all glass roof that meets hatchback glass without any metal pieces and then a roof spoiler thats split in the middle to show that all glass roof.
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A flagship RWD CUV? Quite a bold move! Let’s just hope they don’t take 5 years to go from concept to production model like with the LC. Lexus needs to get on the “Move Fast” culture of the tech world.
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Profile reminds me Infiniti FX45 crossover (which is not a bad thing, as I like it very much).

I've never been excited for a crossover... UNTIL NOW!

(Didn't see this coming from Lexus, I am genuinely surprised.)
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spwolf
LF?

Seems like luxury version of LS/LC? If so, I think it would not compete with LX at all, except for maybe pricing? But in general, where LX sells well is where this LF would likely not sell at all.
Very interesting point. I wonder if, rather than making true ‘F’ versions of the SUVs and crossovers in the lineup, Lexus just decides to make one super-crossover and call it the LFX.
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That's a possibility.

LFA = Halo Supercar
LFX = Halo Crossover/SUV (LF-1)
LFS = Halo Sedan (LS+ Production Model)

Edit: With the rear window raked so far forward, this is probably a 4-5 seat flagship CUV with an option for executive rear seating ala LS. The "Limitless" name suggests a hybrid/high-capacity PHEV engine.
Technically there is no real production flagship SUV Coupe. Just the forthcoming Audi Q8 concept. The X6 and GLS Coupe are not based off the X7 or GLS but the X5 and GLE.

If Lexus is hinting this as a flagship CUV Coupe, then I expect LS/LC based and a higher price-point than the X5/GLE. They will have to position is very very strongly so there is no confusion.
I'm 100% sure that this will meant to be the GX not the LX
The LX will remain body on frame

I even just wrote from day or 2 in another thread that the next GS/GX/ Sport Cross batch will share the same GA-L with the LS/LC but will be like Subaru but with coupe style
One 4 door coupe
One CUV coupe
One Sport cross with style like the HPX
krew
More Thoughts on the Lexus LF-1 Limitless Flagship Crossover Concept

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Hi Kevin,
this is also about the way I feel it.
If we read the press release, we see a number of important words: concept, flagship, crossover, LF-1.
A real concept, immediately the top-range model, a crossover (take a good look at the "easter egg", it's not an SUV but rather something new, like the Panamera).
The concept name is difficult to estimate, but if we assume that it is a new lineup, then I think: 'L?': The 'L' because it is a 'flagship' (LS, LC, LX, L?), And for the '?' an 'R' or 'V' could be best, I prefer the latter.
Although I very much agree with the broad consensus that the LF-1 Limitless badge hints at some sort of powertrain electrification, wouldn't a vehicle combining LX/Land Cruiser levels of off-road prowess with on-road handling capabilities worthy of an F-Sport or even F Lexus be describable as Limitless?
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Joaquin Ruhi
Although I very much agree with the broad consensus that the LF-1 Limitless badge hints at some sort of powertrain electrification, wouldn't a vehicle combining LX/Land Cruiser levels of off-road prowess with on-road handling capabilities worthy of an F-Sport or even F Lexus be describable as Limitless?
Something the new Lamborghini Urus claims to be?
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Could this also hint for a next generation GX?
Based on the teaser image and the roofline - which seem to indicate 2 rows - I don't see how this could at all be related to the GX. Also, the GX has never been considered a flagship vehicle because it slots under the flagship LX.

I think we are seeing Lexus create something totally different here: LS/LC levels of technology, refinement and sophistication on a RWD/AWD crossover. In a sense, it will bridge the gap between the LS and LX.

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